Mystery Road
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An Indigenous detective investigates the murder of a teenage girl in a small town in the Outback. Ivan Sen (Toomelah) crafts a mesmerising thriller with a stellar Australian cast including Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten and Jack Thompson.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As a straight-up, "Law & Order"-esque criminal investigation, it's watchable. But lingering shots and half-baked racial commentary overstate the importance of "Mystery Road.""
‑ Jay Boller, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"This sand-blasted Aussie murder mystery tinkers with genre convention while managing to remain sincere and thrilling."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"Slow but reasonably suspenseful drama where an Aboriginal cop (Aaron Pedersen) returns home to investigate the murder of an indigenous teenager."
‑ Siobhan Synnot, Scotsman
"There simply isn't enough dynamism to justify Sen's story. Australian movies have to work harder to secure audiences beyond those who go to them out of a sense of duty or worthiness; Mystery Road simply doesn't go that far."
‑ Alex Doenau, Trespass
"A work of evocative suggestion and concrete detail, a film that uses the genre trappings of the western and the thriller to explore a complex story of crime and indifference."
‑ Philippa Hawker, The Age (Australia)
"Mystery Road may be set in modern Queensland but it has the feel of a flinty, slow-burning western as one stetson-wearing lawman stands against an entire community."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"A striking and menacing slow-burn thriller set in the Australian outback which blends dry humour with startling social commentary."
‑ Katherine McLaughlin, ViewLondon
"Imagine a racially charged Outback Chinatown and you have the measure of this terrific Aussie noir written, shot, directed, edited and scored by Ivan Sen."
‑ Matt Glasby, Total Film
"A masterfully executed slice of storytelling that rates as one of our finest films of the past few years."
‑ Tom Clift, FILMINK (Australia)
"A deeply satisfying and slow-burning modern-day western set in outback New South Wales, Ivan Sen's outstanding film Mystery Road bridges the current divide in Australian cinema with a prominent and precise work."
‑ Craig Mathieson, The Sunday Age
"Director Ivan Sen's fourth feature evokes old westerns, Polanski's Chinatown and other noir classics, but still feels grounded in the dust and dried blood of the Australian soil."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Guardian
"Measured and sparing in its use of dialogue and music, Mystery Road remains strikingly atmospheric and expertly controlled as Sen builds a sense of quietly escalating tension."
‑ Allan Hunter, The List
"Detective Jay Swan is no Marlowe; he just isn't engaging, or all that interesting."
‑ David McGinty, The Skinny
"Mystery Road's links to the classic Hollywood western are as obvious as its hero's cowboy boots and white hat but they do nothing to diminish its Australianness."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"I think he's a wonderful filmmaker."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
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